Diocesan News

Bright Tuesday at Sretenje Monastery

sretenje-monastery-chapelHis Grace, Bishop Maxim, Clergy, and parishioners from neighboring churches celebrated the Bright Tuesday Divine Liturgy at our Sretenje Monastery in Escondico, California. A wonderful luncheon picnic followed and was enjoyed by all on the beautiful Monastery grounds. 










Paschal Vespers in Alhambra

photo 3 5His Grace, Bishop Maxim and the clergy and parishioners of Saint Steven's celebrate the Paschal Vespers at noon on Pascha followed by a Banquet and Picnic.









Pascha 2014 at the Saint Steven's Cathedral

pascha-2014CHRIST IS RISEN! Христос Васкрсе! 

On the blessed Feast of Feasts, Pascha, the day of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ, His Grace, Bishop Maxim, together with the Clergy and faithful of the Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California celebrated with much joy and gladness the Resurrection Matins just before midnight followed by the Divine Liturgy.

The unwaning light illumined the hearts and minds of the altar servers, myrrhearers, subdeacons, choir members, chanters, and parishioners who all participated fully in what was a magnificant and joyous celebration! 




Midnight Resurrection Matins and Paschal Divine Liturgy at St. Sava, Jackson


1404-st sava-paschal-3374-400x277Parishioners of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Jackson, California celebrate the Midnight Resurrection Matins and Pachsa Divine Liturgy. 

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Source: Photos by Larry Angler on the Srpska Dijaspora website

Lenten Clergy Confession & Retreat

Clergy Retreat 2014-featuredOn Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18 & 19, 2014 His Grace, Bishop Maxim and the Clergy of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America gathered at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in San Gabriel, California for the Annual Lenten Clergy Confession & Retreat. 

The Retreat began on Tuesday afternoon with Confession and then the Lenten Compline Service. A Dinner followed with a discussion on the Retreat topic " Parish Life Today and Ultimate Questions."

On Wednesday the day began with the Presanctified Liturgy. The Homily was given by V. Rev. George Gligic from St. Peter the Apostle Church in Fresno, California. Following the service the participants enjoyed a wonderful lenten breakfast and some time in fellowship.

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2014

IMG 2748Bringing to life the words of the Psalmist, “ Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133: 1), the canonical Orthodox bishops of the western United States – Metropolitan Gerasimos, Archbishop Joseph, Archbishop Benjamin, and our Bishop Maxim – are admired for their concerted efforts to gather their clergy and faithful together in worship and fellowship. The latest occurrence of this was here at the Cathedral on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, 2014, for the first Sunday of Great Lent, which commemorates the return of icons to the Church in the year 843 after the heresy of iconoclasm was overcome.

On Saturday afternoon, thirty youth from Grades 5 through 12, including St. Steven's students, assembled in the North hall and were led by Fr. Bob Fox from St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim. Fr. Bob incorporated fun activities into his presentation that helped the students recognize three important ways to strengthen their spiritual lives: regularly going to church, attentively praying every day, and seeking fellowship with their Orthodox Christian peers. The hierarchs joined the group for a portion of the event and appreciated the growing love the youth have for their faith.

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